UIW Artistic Swimming Team Wins First National Title

March 25, 2024

Recognition is also First National Team Title for UIW Athletics

swim teamSan Antonio – March 23, 2024 – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that its Artistic Swimming team has won the USA Artistic Swimming National Championship for the first time in program history. This remarkable achievement not only marks a significant milestone for the team, but it is also the first national championship team title for UIW Athletics.

This prestigious award was clinched today at the USA Artistic Swimming Collegiate Championship held in Lewisville, Texas from March 22-23. The Cardinals demonstrated exceptional skill and determination, leading to their victory over strong competitors such as Ohio State University and Stanford University.

"Today marks the culmination of the last two years of hard work under the guidance of Coach Haylor," states Richard Duran, Athletics Director. "These exceptional student-athletes have excelled academically with UIW's highest cumulative team GPA and have also made a significant impact in the community. Today, we proudly present our program as national champions in competition! I commend the entire program and thank them for representing UIW at the highest level."

In addition, UIW Head Coach Alyson Haylor was named National Coach of the Year. Haylor became the head coach of the Cardinals' artistic swimming program in 2022. She boasts an impressive personal track record, having competed twice in the United States Olympic Trials. Haylor's arrival marked a significant turning point for the team, bringing in new strategies, motivation, and leadership. This accolade not only highlights Haylor's individual achievements but also reflects the team's progress and success under her guidance. With Haylor at the helm, the Cardinals have undoubtedly set a high standard for performance and excellence in their sport.


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About UIW

With over 140 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. Founded in 1881, UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. UIW students can choose from degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The University is committed to graduating students with the lowest amount of debt load possible and to help them secure a career that lifts their lives, their families and their communities. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio, in 2019, UIW purchased a 10-acre landmark property at 4119 Broadway which increased the footprint of the UIW Broadway Campus by 15%. The building is now known as Founders Hall.  UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Strasbourg, France.  UIW is a leader in international education, with over 146 “sister schools” in 45 countries and it is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution. The University is a member of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference and is proud to have 25 teams representing 14 different sports. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.